Quentin Tarantino Adamant Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Made Burt Reynolds Died Happy

During an interview on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’, the ‘Inglourious Basterds’ director claims that the ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ looked forward to shoot his scenes as George Spahn before his passing.

AceShowbiz -Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is convinced Burt Reynolds “died happy” because he was excited about joining the cast of “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood“.

The “Smokey and the Bandit” icon had agreed to take on a small role in Tarantino’s star-studded comedy drama, and had been keeping busy learning his lines in the days leading up to his fatal heart attack in September 2018.

Although Reynolds never actually got to shoot his scenes as real-life ranch owner George Spahn, the director knows the 82-year-old actor was looking forward to being back on the set of a major movie project.

“I got a chance to rehearse with him,” Tarantino shared on U.S. TV show “CBS Sunday Morning”. “I’m officially the last role he played because he came to the script reading [sic]. So, that was his last acting.”

“The night he died, what he was doing before he passed on was he was running lines with his assistant,” the filmmaker continued. “That’s like sad and beautiful at the same time. He was so happy. I can honestly say he died happy. I am not saying he died happy because of me, but he was definitely happy when he passed on.”

Bruce Dern ended up stepping in as Reynolds’ replacement for the 2019 release of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, which also starred Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, and Emile Hirsch.

During the chat, Tarantino was asked if he has a sense of what his 10th film is going to be. To the question, he responded, “No. I don’t have a clue. If I had to guess, I would think ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is sort of the epic at the end of the career. If I had to guess, I would think the 10th film would be more epilogue-y.”

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